Tasmanian Archives, Hobart

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Tasmanian Archives, Hobart

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Archives Office of Tasmania; Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart (TAHO); LINC Tasmania


  • State

Contact area


Manager, State Library and Archives Services



Street address

91 Murray Street, Hobart





Country name

Postal code



03 6165 5538




Description area


The Tasmanian Archives preserves the documentary heritage of Tasmania’s government and people, past and present. Consisting of the Tasmanian State Government and community archives, these irreplaceable resources are preserved and made available online and in person. This allows people anywhere in the world to connect with Tasmania’s memory, identity and history.

It has been known previously as the Archives Office of Tasmania; Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart (TAHO); LINC Tasmania.

As at 2017, TAHO, was a business unit that sitting under the overall management of LINC Tasmania. LINC Tasmania managed the State reference library and statewide lending library network. TAHO was lead by the State Archivist and includes three key business units:

  • Office of the State Archivist (policy, strategy, government recordkeeping)
  • Collections (transfers, description, digitisation, conservation), and
  • State Library and Archives Services (access and reference).

Geographical and cultural context

Coverage of the whole of Tasmania including islands. The Antarctic region is also covered due to its close connection with the State.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Regulates Tasmanian state and local government record creation and preservation in line with the Archives Act 1983 (Tas).

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Tasmanian State, Local Government and Statutory Authorities' records covered by legislative prescription.


Public access is through the Hobart building or the Launceston LINC (for Launceston Local Studies Collection items). A repository is also located at 2A Chardonnay Drive, Berriedale, Hobart.


The records date mainly from the 1820s to the present. Of particular significance among nineteenth century records are those of the Colonial Secretary's Office and the Convict Department. Records are also held from a variety of Tasmanian non-government organisations, individuals, companies, associations and societies.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The key finding aid is the combined catalogue available from our website. Guides are available at https://libraries.tas.gov.au/tasmanian-archives/guides-to-records/ .

To search exclusively in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office archival collections, visit https://librariestas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/tas/

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Thursday 9.30am-6pm
Friday 9.30am-7pm (microfilm and History Room material not available after 6pm)
Saturday 9.30am-2pm.
Check website for closures.

Access conditions and requirements

Registration is required to view original material including all Tasmanian and special collections.

Please bring photographic identification to register.

Closed period of 25 years applies to most records but may vary. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by application to the creating agency or State Archivist.


Wheelchair accessible.

Services area

Research services

Reference assistance available in person, by phone, by online chat, and by using our online reftracker form - https://libraries.tas.gov.au/get-help/help-with-research-and-finding-information/
Referral to paid researchers available.

Reproduction services

General copying services onsite and specialist reproduction (digital only) by order. Fees are incurred.

Public areas

A Reading Room and a secure reading room (the History Room) is available on the 2nd floor.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 12 July 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Communication (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Out of Home Care (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Science and Technology (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

91 Murray Street, Hobart
Hobart, Tasmania 7000